About The Author –
Where are you from?
I’m Minnesota born and bred. I was born in Duluth, at the western tip of Lake Superior. And I’ve spent my adult life in Minneapolis.
Tell us your latest news?
The newest development is that my third Mary MacDougall historical mystery, A Daughter’s Doubt, is now officially out as both a Kindle e-book (free for Kindle Unlimited readers) and paperback. It follows the first two Mary MacDougall novellas.
When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing during college for the student newspaper at the University of Minnesota. Why? I had always wanted to be a writer, since my book-loving teenage years. I couldn’t imagine a better job.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I received my first check for a published review. It was for $20. Good money back in the day. I worked professionally as a journalist and copywriter for many years. I’ve only been writing fiction intensively the last four or so years.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I read a terrific fantasy novel by the great Jack Vance, and thought I’d try my hand. I ended up with a 120,000-word epic that had its good points, but just as many flaws. It received a number of nice rejections, and then I put it in the drawer, where it has remained to this day.
Do you have a specific writing style?
No, not really. I think I write in styles that are appropriate for the genre I’m working in. And I write cozies, historical mysteries, and middle grade. Each requires something different.
How did you come up with the title?
For my Mary MacDougall tales, I make them alliterative. The first is A Pretty Little Plot; the second is The Stolen Star. Since the third book features a daughter desperately seeking the truth about her mother’s death, I came up with A Daughter’s Doubt.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
My books don’t have messages, per se. But one thing I try to make clear is that the paths open to women were quite different 115 years ago—rather limited, as you might expect. But my heroine, Mary MacDougall, aims to change things and upsets not a few apple carts along the way. And there were real women doing the same thing at that time. Remember, women couldn’t even vote for president at that time.
What would you like my readers to know?
My heroine, Mary MacDougall isn’t perfect. In fact, in the new book she acts impulsively at the end, in her effort to solve the case. You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens. But I can tell you this: She learns a lot and grows a lot, while taking plenty of bumps and lumps.